Could Your Tree Use Some Extra Support?

Many trees grow to be strong, healthy, and able to withstand just about anything short of a tornado. However, some trees need a little extra help. Those that have weak limbs or shallow root systems can easily fall victim to strong wind storms and heavy snowfall. To prevent a weak or misshaped tree from causing property damage, injury, or further damage to the tree itself, cabling and bracing are used to provide support.

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Why a Tree Might Need Cabling and Bracing

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Root Damage

Root damage can occur for many reasons – compacted soil, excavation, and even improper planting. When roots become damaged, the tree won’t be as strong. 

This makes them more susceptible to high winds, heavy snow, and excessive moisture. If you have a tree with unhealthy roots, it’s a good idea to see if installing cabling and bracing could help.

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Poor Pruning

Pruning may seem like an easy task, but if you’re inexperienced or unfamiliar with how to properly prune a tree, you could do significant damage. Over-pruning can cause a tree to become unbalanced. When there is more weight on one side of a tree than the other, it can become susceptible to breakage, splitting, or even falling. Cabling and bracing can help provide extra support in areas where it is lacking.

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Infestation or Disease

Minor infestation or disease can weaken a tree and increase its vulnerability. Although it might not be able to save every tree, cabling and bracing can help provide the extra support they need while measures are taken to eliminate the root cause of the issue.

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Natural Growth Characteristics

Sometimes a tree’s natural growth pattern will make them more susceptible to weakness. For instance, when two branches grow together to form a “V” this type of branch structure can cause a greater likelihood of one of them breaking.

FAQs About Tree Cabling and Bracing

Can I install cabling myself?

There’s a lot that goes into determining how bracing and cabling should be used to support a tree. Only a qualified tree expert should be involved in the process, otherwise, you may risk further damage.

Is cabling a tree worth it?

As long as a tree isn’t blocking a view or posing a risk, most people want to keep their trees as long as possible. Cabling and bracing is one way to protect and support an otherwise compromised tree, allowing it to grow and continue to thrive. In some cases, cabling may not be enough to save a tree, but it might be able to buy you some time until you decide to remove it.

Is there anything I need to do after cabling and bracing has been installed?

Once installed, cabling can last for many years - and even decades. However, it is highly recommended to have a tree care expert inspect your cabling every year or so to determine the integrity of the hardware.

Are there other alternatives to cabling and bracing?

Every tree is different and there are multiple reasons why one may require additional support. In some instances, pruning may be able to remedy the situation, but other times, improper pruning and over-pruning can make a bad problem worse. To find out the best way to care for your tree, call Southern Pines Stump Grinding and we’ll be happy to assess the situation and put together a free estimate.

Do you provide tree cabling services outside of Southern Pines?

Yes! We also provide tree cabling, pruning, stump grinding, and other tree care services in Pinehurst, Aberdeen, Whispering Pines, Vass, Pinebluff, Seven Lakes, West End, Carthage, and other surrounding communities. To find out if we provide service in your area, please give us a call!

Pros and Cons of Cabling a Tree

There are many benefits to bracing and cabling a tree – mainly it can extend its lifespan and reduce potential safety hazards. However, this tree care method won’t work in every situation. Trees that are particularly unhealthy, damaged, or dying will likely not benefit from cabling. Another reason why some people prefer not to install cabling is that it’s not just a “one and done” thing. Cabling needs to be inspected often and sometimes reinstalled if the tree has sustained significant growth or the cabling has been deemed no longer effective.
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Southern Pines Stump Grinding is a local tree care company that specializes in stump removal, cabling and bracing, tree pruning, and more. If you suspect your tree needs additional support, or if your existing cabling hasn’t been inspected in some time, give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate and answer any questions you may have.